Devizes bistro raises a glass to wine bar venture

This Is Wiltshire: Peppermill owner Philip O’Shea in his new-look bistro and wine bar Peppermill owner Philip O’Shea in his new-look bistro and wine bar

Devizes bistro owner Philip O’Shea has swapped his deli for a wine bar.

Mr O’Shea’s changes at The Peppermill, in St John’s Street, have been driven by customer demand, he said. The café remains and Mr O’Shea has increased the number of seats.

He said: “We got rid of the fridge that stocked our cheeses, so most of the deli has gone. We have got more seats and have put in a new bar.

“Although lots of people said they liked our range of cheese, not many bought them.

“On Friday and Saturday evenings we had been turning people away because we did not have enough seats. There is more money to be had in alcohol than cheese.”

Mr O’Shea opened The Peppermill in May last year, converting it from his estate agency shop which he ran for 15 years.

The deli stocked up to 60 cheeses, meats and fresh fish.

While Mr O’Shea was disappointed the deli did not prove successful, he is philosophical.

He said: “The deli did all right, but every business has to drive forward. The demand wasn’t for cheeses. I was quite surprised the deli didn’t take off but, in retrospect, there are delis at Roses and Giddings and in the supermarkets.”

The Peppermill will have three shelves of deli-type products, such as olive oils and vinegars. Seating has been increased by 25 to 70.

The wine bar will sell a selection of ten red wines and ten white wines, plus cocktails, premium lagers and ciders on tap, as well as locally brewed Dundas real ale. The Peppermill will sell bar snacks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

The new-look Peppermill reopens today following a refurbishment.

Mr O’Shea said: “The wine bar will have a pleasant ambience and is for people who don’t want to go to a rowdy pub.

“I don’t know of anywhere in Devizes where you can try ten different wines by the glass and there will be a good selection of cocktails.”

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10:35pm Thu 11 Apr 13

sliemaroo says...

“I don’t know of anywhere in Devizes where you can try ten different wines by the glass". Try 50 metres to the right at The Bear Hotel.
“I don’t know of anywhere in Devizes where you can try ten different wines by the glass". Try 50 metres to the right at The Bear Hotel. sliemaroo
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12:25am Fri 12 Apr 13

wondering why says...

I think The Bistro does the same too
I think The Bistro does the same too wondering why
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11:14am Fri 12 Apr 13

Don Jones says...

I popped in last night and had a pint of K&A brewery's "Dundas". Excellent beer in very good condition. £3.80 made me wince but, hey ho.
I popped in last night and had a pint of K&A brewery's "Dundas". Excellent beer in very good condition. £3.80 made me wince but, hey ho. Don Jones
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5:53pm Fri 12 Apr 13

MalcShipp says...

Don Jones wrote:
I popped in last night and had a pint of K&A brewery's "Dundas". Excellent beer in very good condition. £3.80 made me wince but, hey ho.
Thanks Don, I was in there too but it's been a long time so I can't remember what you look like :-)

Yup, wine bar prices I'm afraid, the British Lion had the whole range of 3 delivered last week so should be on any day now!

Will have some news for you about the actual brewery in Sells Green soon I hope!
[quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: I popped in last night and had a pint of K&A brewery's "Dundas". Excellent beer in very good condition. £3.80 made me wince but, hey ho.[/p][/quote]Thanks Don, I was in there too but it's been a long time so I can't remember what you look like :-) Yup, wine bar prices I'm afraid, the British Lion had the whole range of 3 delivered last week so should be on any day now! Will have some news for you about the actual brewery in Sells Green soon I hope! MalcShipp
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11:09am Sat 13 Apr 13

Roy-Orbit of Chippenham says...

The Wetherspoon beer festival is now on, a range of 50 beers to try at £2.15 a pint each.
The Wetherspoon beer festival is now on, a range of 50 beers to try at £2.15 a pint each. Roy-Orbit of Chippenham
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11:11am Sat 13 Apr 13

Roy-Orbit of Chippenham says...

sliemaroo wrote:
“I don’t know of anywhere in Devizes where you can try ten different wines by the glass". Try 50 metres to the right at The Bear Hotel.
Why would anyone in their right mind want 10 glasses of different wines?

Far easier to select the strongest one then have 10 glasses of that.
[quote][p][bold]sliemaroo[/bold] wrote: “I don’t know of anywhere in Devizes where you can try ten different wines by the glass". Try 50 metres to the right at The Bear Hotel.[/p][/quote]Why would anyone in their right mind want 10 glasses of different wines? Far easier to select the strongest one then have 10 glasses of that. Roy-Orbit of Chippenham
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8:36am Sun 14 Apr 13

chopchop says...

@Roy-Orbit
I am guessing the type of people who like variety in their life and gain pleasure from trying new things. Drinking 10 glasses of the strongest wine for the sake of it might not be the type of clientele they are looking for.
@Roy-Orbit I am guessing the type of people who like variety in their life and gain pleasure from trying new things. Drinking 10 glasses of the strongest wine for the sake of it might not be the type of clientele they are looking for. chopchop
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4:11pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Roy-Orbit of Chippenham says...

chopchop wrote:
@Roy-Orbit I am guessing the type of people who like variety in their life and gain pleasure from trying new things. Drinking 10 glasses of the strongest wine for the sake of it might not be the type of clientele they are looking for.
Variety?, this is Devizes we're talking about.
10 glasses of strong plonk then a fight on the way home, it's tradition.
[quote][p][bold]chopchop[/bold] wrote: @Roy-Orbit I am guessing the type of people who like variety in their life and gain pleasure from trying new things. Drinking 10 glasses of the strongest wine for the sake of it might not be the type of clientele they are looking for.[/p][/quote]Variety?, this is Devizes we're talking about. 10 glasses of strong plonk then a fight on the way home, it's tradition. Roy-Orbit of Chippenham
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